Though Pathankot has its own airport, it is mainly used by the Indian Air Force and commercial flights to and from this airport are rare. The nearest airports are at Amritsar and Jammu. The airport at Jammu is a domestic airport and has regular flights to Delhi, Leh, Srinagar, Mumbai and Hyderabad via Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Vistara. The one at Amritsar is an international airport and has flights not only from cities across India, but also from international cities such as Dubai, Birmingham, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Ashgabat and Tashkent, via international airlines like Malindo Air, Qatar Airways, Turkmenistan Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, etc. One can easily avail bus, train or taxi from these two airports, to reach Pathankot.
Nearest Airport: Pathankot Airport lies 3 km away from the city, whereas Jammu Airport is 104 km away and Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport at Amritsar is 124 km away.
Safety Suggestion: The cities of Pathankot, Jammu and Amritsar witness heavy fog during the summer season, especially in the months of December and January. This could cause delays in flight schedules. However, there are no weather-related issues during other seasons.
Pathankot is well-connected via road, to various cities and towns across Punjab and also to the neighbouring states. Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminal in Pathankot is the main bus terminal and the stopover point of buses bound to Jammu and Himachal Pradesh. Punjab roadways, Haryana Roadways, Himachal Roadways and J&K Transport are the main transport services, providing A/C, non-A/C, deluxe and semi-deluxe buses to Pathankot. One can also avail the services of a number of private bus operators. Sai Travels Volvo bus service, Hari Travels, etc., are some of the private services. Jalandhar-Srinagar National highway (NH-1A), Pathankot-Mandi National highway (NH-20) and Dabwali-Pathankot National highway (NH-54) are the major highways passing through Pathankot.
Journey Suggestion: The highways and roads that lead to Pathankot are in a good condition. However, during the winter season, fog decreases the visibility so one should drive carefully. Also, on the hilly terrains of the nearby state of Himachal Pradesh, it is better to hire a driver who is acquainted with driving on hills.
Pathankot Junction Railway Station is the main station serving Pathankot and the nearby cities in Himachal Pradesh. This station is served by a number of trains from cities and towns all across the country. Ahmedabad – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Express, Bathinda – Jammu Tawi Express and Delhi – Pathankot Express are some of the trains that pass through Pathankot Junction.
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